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PregMANcy: A Dad, a Little Dude, and a Due Date
By Christian Piatt
"Christian Piatt's book is a bit like a baby itself: It's surprising, funny, lovable, and just a little bit gross."
—A.J. Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically (ajjacobs.com)
"The thing that makes reading Christian Piatt's PregMANcy so enjoyable is that he just tells it like it is. This is not a work of 'rationalization.' This is exactly what a new father feels in excruciating and hilarious accuracy. Employing a laugh-out-loud vocabulary, Piatt leads us through all the pains and, ultimately, joys of fatherhood."
—Landon Whitsitt, author of Open Source Church
"Not only does PregMANcy chronicle a crucial piece of Christian Piatt's personal history, it also guides us in the transforming role of fathers in our society. With the cultural acuity of Chuck Klosterman and the spiritual vulnerability of Anne Lamott, Piatt points to a dad's great capacity to juggle, love, and fret. He has the unique ability to lead us into a deep exploration of the emotional and physical discharges of life, and keep us laughing as we come up out of it."
—Carol Howard Merritt, author of Tribal Church
"A laugh-out-loud journey, PregMANcy is an honest, real look into the minds and hearts of new fathers. This book isn't just for dads. Moms and any parents-to-be will also love this book because it's packed with stories that hit the raw, funny places where we all really live."
—Kathy Escobar, author of Down We Go: Living into the Wild Ways of Jesus
"PregMANcy is a funny, charming, intelligent memoir. With honest hilarity, Christian Piatt's journey toward baby number two will delight and encourage dads and moms of all varieties."
—Matthew Paul Turner, author of Churched
"I have certain expectations when I start a book by Christian Piatt: that it will be hilarious, thoughtful, and a little bit rebellious. PregMANcy fulfills those expectations and then some. Piatt is an excellent writer and an even better dad, and this is as engaging a fatherhood book as I've ever read."
—Jason Boyett, author of O Me of Little Faith and the Pocket Guide series of books
"Raising children is not easy, so moms and dads need to find a way to laugh at their chaotic lives in order to remain sane. Fortunately, Piatt (Banned Questions About the Bible), a popular author and commentator on contemporary Christianity, has mastered the art of self-deprecating parent humor. Facing their second pregnancy, the author and his wife begin to adjust their lives to welcome a sibling for their toddler son, whose energy wears them out almost daily. While serious about his faith, Piatt is refreshingly irreverent and never attempts to candy-coat the gritty and authentic aspects of life, from sex to arguments with one's spouse to changing diapers and cleaning up vomit. This is not only a memoir of pregnancy, but it is also a splendid guide for parents who may feel at times that their life challenges are insurmountable. The spiritual discourse flows naturally—nothing is forced or artificial. Piatt offers a gracious service by recounting how he and his wife mange to stay somewhat grounded while taking the crazy leap into parenthood for the second time. Regardless of faith background, novice and veteran parents alike will find consolation and a lot of laughs."
—Publisher's Weekly, May 2012
"Familiar topic from an interesting point of view. Those of us who are fathers, or who least have a father can relate. Christian shares his faith with us and we are better for it. "
—Eric M. Black, author of An Old Man
"I don't know when I've seen this subject written in such an interesting- yet true -male perspective. As someone who had four babies in five years in the late '60s, I know men were then encouraged to have as little as possible to do with a wife's pregnancy. On one occasion, my husband attended a movie (in a nearby theater!) while I gave birth. Christian's unique way with words describes the feelings and actions of so many men, who before this, were probably afraid to even be associated with any part of the pregnancy except the sex act itself. Onward and upward Christian. Speak for the real men who have compassion, love and good sense! "
—Penny Fletcher, photo journalist & editor
"This book is laugh-out-loud funny, grab-a-tissue touching, and make-you-think deep, sometimes by turns, and sometimes all at the same time. It's open and honest and sometimes so candid you'll want to say Oh, TMI! But you won't, because you'll want to keep reading. And ladies, there are moments of sweet revenge, like the chapter about Christian's vasectomy. It feels like a settling of the score for the indignities suffered on the OB/GYN table. Great read, Christian. Looking forward to the next one."